The US Supreme Court temporarily stops execution for an Alabama inmate. Justices issued a brief delay for death row inmate Robert Melson as they review his claim that the state will use an unreliable drug at the start of the execution procedure. Melson was scheduled to die by lethal injection today at 6pm. The court issued the stay just 15 minutes before the execution was set to begin. Justices must decide by midnight whether to stop the execution or let it proceed before the death warrant expires. Melson was convicted of murder in the 1994 shooting deaths of three fast food restaurant workers in Gadsden during a robbery.
Update: The US Supreme Court has ruled that Melson's execution will be carried out before his death warrant expires at midnight on 6-8-17.